At the site of the former Berlin Tempelhof airport, MAN Truck & Bus recently put its future electric MAN TGX prototype on the road for the first time.
A special technical feature of the electric vehicle, which will hit the market in 2024, is its ability to charge in the future via megawatt chargers. ABB E-mobility aims to bring megawatt charger technology to market within the next three years.
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Therefore, MAN and ABB E-mobility are preparing for the next phase in electric mobility: operational capability for heavy long-haul trucks with daily mileage of between 600 and 800 kilometers. Moreover, with their firm commitment to electromobility, the two companies demonstrate that the industry is poised to move forward and lawmakers need to establish a policy framework for zero-emissions road transport.
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‘On the right path’
“We need to make road transport fossil-free to achieve our climate goals. To this end, we first want to strengthen the climate-friendly commercial vehicle market and develop a robust charging infrastructure associated with it. For example, we supported the project of a very megawatt charger for electric trucks in the A2, which has taught us important things. Now it’s important to get more electric trucks on the road quickly. The partnership between MAN and ABB shows that we are on the right track,” said Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport.
Expansion of charging infrastructure required
During the ministerial trial with the electric MAN truck, Alexander Vlaskamp, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, stressed that “accelerated expansion of charging infrastructure is the only way to enable transport to thrive and achieve climate targets”. He also explains why MAN is relying on battery-electric drives for its future carbon-free commercial vehicle fleet. “As part of the Traton Group, we have participated in joint ventures with industry partners to develop and operate a public charging network with the aim of installing at least 1,700 green power points across Europe,” added Vlaskamp.
600 to 800 kilometers
To achieve a daily mileage of 600 to 800 kilometers for long-distance transportation, the MAN electric truck, which will be launched in 2024, is already equipped with the technical requirements for future megawatt chargers. As a leading global supplier of charging solutions, ABB E-mobility aims to bring these charging solutions to market quickly.
“We want to stimulate electromobility in all areas. At ABB E-mobility we have developed the appropriate performance standards over the years. Megawatt chargers require new power technology to exceed 1,000 volts. Such power levels and anticipated operating conditions make systematic electrical safety and reliability essential. ABB E-mobility is the ideal supplier to meet this challenge. Due to our existing technology it is possible to significantly accelerate research and development. Our shared ambition is to bring this new technology to market within three years. Such development phases have often taken longer in the past,” said Frank Mühlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility.
Binding and uniform standards are also important for the introduction of megawatt charging technology. Germany can set the standard here. More than twenty industrial and scientific partners, including MAN and ABB, are working on a high-performance charger project (known as ‘HoLa’ in German), which is funded by the German government and is the world’s first megawatt charging project. Two powerful charging points with megawatt chargers are being constructed at four locations along the federal A2 highway. This project should be the basis for national expansion.